January 11, 2023
Gildeskål, Norway

Kelpinor launches 50 000 square meter production rig

Kelpinor, a growing sustainable aquaculture startup, has announced the launch of its first production rig at Vedkjæran, Gildeskål. Spanning an expansive 50,000 square meters, the equivalent of 8 football fields, this state-of-the-art structure will play an important role in the company's mission to substantially scale seaweed production in Norway and beyond.

The launch of this rig marks the initial step in Kelpinor's goal of scaling seaweed production and establishing a significant presence in the Vedkjæran locality. The company aims to produce thousands of tons of seaweed there annually, using its cultivated kelp to create a climate-neutral future by ensuring dependable access to renewable sources of food, energy and materials.

"This deployment signifies a pivotal moment in Kelpinor's ambitious journey to produce 10 million tonnes of kelp in the next decade."
-CEO, Hermann Peter Schips.

Hermann Schips, CEO of Kelpinor at the site of the new rig. Photo: Kelpinor

The launch of the rig marks the beginning of Kelpinor's efforts to establish seaweed production as a major industry in Norway and beyond, and the company excited to see the progress and impact this rig will bring as it continues to drive towards its mission.

Kelpinor's new 50 000 square meter seaweed production rig at Vedskjæran, looking towards Sandhornet. Photo: Kelpinor

Vedskjæran looking towards Fugløya. Photo: Kelpinor

The new rig is located in Gildeskål kommune, a national hotspot for seaweed production. Photo: Kelpinor

Photo: Kelpinor

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